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College Facts Friday: American University

This week we’re taking #CollegeFactsFriday to the capital and learning more about American University, located in Washington DC! 


1. American University was founded by John Fletcher Hurst in 1893, and first took on undergraduate students in 1925.

2. There are 250+ student organizations at AU, you can learn more about them here. 

3. The Mascot for American University is one you can probably guess – an Eagle! For the history of “Clawed Z. Eagle”, you can watch a video all about it here.

4. American University has eight schools and over 170 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

5. Sustainability is a big focus at AU, and electricity on the campus comes from 100% renewable sources! 

6. American University boasts a 90-acre campus in Washington, DC. and offers students the chance to enrich themselves with the history and culture found in the very famous streets around them. AU was ranked #4 for most beautiful urban campuses in 2015! 

7. AU is certainly more than a “sleepy college town” – watch a video about campus life and spirit here. 

8. Famous Alumni from American University include Goldie Hawn, Paul Ryan and Judy Sheindlin – AKA, Judge Judy! 

9. New students to AU take part in the “All American Welcome”, a two week celebration that welcomes new students to campus with over 70 events! Interested in learning more? Click here for the website. 

10. Learn more about American University on social! Visit Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


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